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MSci

Environmental Health and Practice *

* subject to final UWE approval

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
B919
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
64
Department:
Health and Social Sciences
Campus:
University Centre Weston, Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; seven years part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; part-time
Programme leader:
Phil Gilbert
Key fact:
Fulfil the academic and professional requirements to become a qualified EHP (environmental health practitioner) on this unique four-year Integrated Masters. Pass the CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health) professional interview after graduation to be professionally registered as an EHP.

Page last updated 6 March 2017

Introduction

Why MSci Environmental Health and Practice?

Environmental health practitioners (EHP) are able to make a real difference to public health and wellbeing through effectively managing elements in the natural and built environment. This means there is increasing demand for qualified professionals across the public and private sectors in the UK and worldwide. But in order to work as an EHP, practitioners are required to pass an accredited undergraduate or Masters degree in Environmental Health as well as completing three professional assessments.

Why study our course?

As the only Integrated Masters in Environmental Health and Practice in the UK, this four-year course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and experience to go straight into a career in this rewarding field. You will study earth sciences, the environment, public health, housing and sector legislation. You will examine how best to manage varied situations using different systems and approaches. And you will develop confidence and skills applying these on scenarios, simulations and placements.

On graduation, all you need is to pass a professional interview with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) in order to become a registered EHP.

Real world experience

Thanks to our partnerships with local authorities, housing associations, consultancies and Public Health England, you will get valuable experience on a series of short placements and interventions. Whether assessing risk, the environment, or conducting audits, you'll meet practitioners and put learning into practice on field trips and site visits. During your final year, you will complete your Portfolio of Professional Practice (PPP) so you can qualify for professional registration.

Where it can take you

As a qualified EHP, you can go into a diverse range of careers with local authorities, consultancies, housing associations, the NHS or the armed forces. This might be working in disciplines ranging from environmental protection, pollution control, noise control, waste management, port health and housing standards, through to occupational health and safety at work, food safety, health promotion and public health.

Structure

Content

Course structure will be available soon.

Learning and Teaching

Learning is through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, site visits, field trips and practice based learning. You will also have access to our well-equipped libraries and on-line resources to support your studies.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

Lectures, seminars, project work and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again doing independent study and preparation for assessments.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a range of techniques so you can develop the right knowledge and skills.  As well as examinations and coursework, these include presentations, poster defence, a practical food inspection exam, interview and Portfolio of Professional Practice.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Placements

As well as developing your professional skills, industry knowledge and networks, work experience will make you highly employable on graduation. Thanks to our partnerships with industry and local government, you will apply learning on a series of short placements and interventions. These can include placements with local authorities and private consultancies in Gibraltar and Jersey.

Fieldwork

Year one

During a one-week residential field trip to Cornwall, you will meet practitioners and conduct site visits including:

  • Waste management at Ginsters
  • Water quality monitoring
  • Health and safety for food and events at the Eden Project.

Year two

You will undertake site visits and simulations including:

  • Risk assessments in our simulation house
  • Housing survey with Mendip Council.

Year three

You will further develop your skills doing:

  • Health and safety audits for organisations such as National Trust, Land Rover or Jaguar
  • Environmental assessments in quarries
  • Risk assessments in leisure facilities and our simulation house.

Final year

During your final year, you will complete your Portfolio of Professional Practice one of the requirements for becoming an accredited EHP.

Study facilities

During the first three years, you will be based in Weston College. The final year is delivered on UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

As well as accessing our well-stocked libraries and comprehensive on-line resources, there are facilities where you can:

  • Conduct risk assessments in our simulation house
  • Test water quality in our physical geography laboratories
  • Study microbiology and conduct chemistry experiments in our well-equipped labs
  • Monitor noise using specialist equipment.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Careers

Careers / Further study

As a qualified EHP, you can go into a diverse range of careers with local authorities, consultancies, housing associations, private companies and the NHS or the armed forces. This might be working in disciplines ranging from environmental protection, pollution control, noise control, waste management, port health and housing standards, through to occupational health and safety at work, food safety, health promotion and public health.

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Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time - Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Over 4 years1800
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year450

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, Mathematics and Double Science, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants applying to join the MSci directly for year three will require a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) accredited FdSc and will have to pass the FdSc at 50% or higher.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

Please complete a UCAS application for full time study. For information regarding part-time applications, please contact the Higher Education Unit on 01934 411780 or email: he.unit@weston.ac.uk

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